Tom Wells – Tom is from the flat, dry Terra Nullius of Canberra. He is proud of his convict and bushranger heritage, despite actually being descended from the law-abiding middle-class. He studied creative writing and literature, which lead him naturally to whitewater raft guiding on the far side of the planet. He was initiated into river lore in Canada’s Fraser River Valley, and Chilean Patagonia, where he guided some big water and learned the ways of the whirlpool. He’s captained rafts by paddle, oar, and motor, but loves to descend by kayak most of all. Returning to Australia, he became a saltwater guide and firefighter on New South Wales’ South Coast. In winter, he can(‘t) be found chasing precipitation between the riverbanks, running a frosty trail, trekking in Van Diemen’s Land, or searching for shade and dreaming of moving water under the wafer thin ozone of his homeland.
Read more about Toms Tales in his Blog: Paper Trail Tramp – The Incomplete Works
Josh Waterson – From the famous fruit growing Goulburn Valley in central Vic – Josh spent too many hours to recall immersed in the saltwater on 4 family holidays a year (he swears it was 4 a year) in the Batemans Bay area since he was just a twinkle in his fathers eye (or was it his mothers?) Anyway after promising his 19 year old self to “live here one day” during the 10 hour Combi drive back to Melbourne where he studied Business Management at RMIT and graduated with a Bachelor degree majoring in Tourism Practices Josh took off and left the motherland for a decade of freelance work in over 15 countries guiding groups through remote environments. It was his high school sweetheart that tamed his soul long enough to realise and remember the beauty of the south coast of NSW. They now live with their three daughters in Beautiful Batemans Bay and manage the leading outdoor experience operation in the area.
Josh taking time out to
Josh Crouch (Josh 2) – From the hustle and bustle of the North Coast, Josh learnt his trade on the sandy open beaches of his home town and the Gold Coasts demand for Surf Rescue staff.